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January 15, 1887


JAMA. 1887;VIII(3):71-72. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391280015004

M. Albert Robin, who so admirably combines a thorough knowledge of physiological chemistry with medical learning, has just published, in the Gazette Médicale de Paris, of December 25, what he calls "A New Therapeutic Method; or the Oxydizing Method in the Treatment of Fevers, and particularly of Typhoid Fever." In this communication he directly combats the accepted ideas as to the antipyretic treatment of fevers, and he does this in accordance with new grounds which are "more in accord with our knowledge of the state of nutrition in pyrexia." From the chemistry of nutrition in typhoid fever M. Robin lays down the three following propositions: 1. The elevation of febrile temperature does not depend on an increase of organic oxydations. 2. During fever there is retention in the organism of but slightly soluble waste, eliminable with difficulty, and generally toxic. 3. Organic disintegration is very much increased during fever. He